Pride Month

1 June 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin, French Riviera, Greater Los Angeles Area, Hamburg, London, Miami / South Florida, New York City, Paris / Île-de-France, San Francisco Bay Area Reading Time:  9 minutes

2018 San Francisco Pride Parade down Market Street © Samuel Wantman/cc-by-sa-4.0

2018 San Francisco Pride Parade down Market Street © Samuel Wantman/cc-by-sa-4.0

LGBT Pride Month is a month, typically June, dedicated to celebration and commemoration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride. Pride Month began after the Stonewall riots, a series of gay liberation protests in 1969, and has since spread outside of the United States. Modern-day Pride Month both honors the movement for LGBT rights and celebrates LGBT culture.   read more…

University of California, Los Angeles

31 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  8 minutes

Powell Library © Beyond My Ken/cc-by-sa-4.0

Powell Library © Beyond My Ken/cc-by-sa-4.0

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public land-grant research university in Los Angeles, California, United States. Its academic roots were established in 1881 as a normal school then known as the southern branch of the California State Normal School which later evolved into San José State University. The branch was transferred to the University of California to become the Southern Branch of the University of California in 1919, making it the second-oldest of the ten-campus University of California system after the University of California, Berkeley.   read more…

Ventura in California

1 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area Reading Time:  8 minutes

Sunset © flickr.com - Jeff Turner/cc-by-2.0

Sunset © flickr.com – Jeff Turner/cc-by-2.0

Ventura, officially named San Buenaventura (Spanish for “Saint Bonaventure“), is a city in and the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. It is a coastal city located northwest of Los Angeles. The population was 110,763 at the 2020 census. Ventura is a popular tourist destination, owing to its historic landmarks, beaches, and resorts.   read more…

Camarillo in California

16 October 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area Reading Time:  6 minutes

Camarillo Ranch House © Los Angeles/cc-by-sa-3.0

Camarillo Ranch House © Los Angeles/cc-by-sa-3.0

Camarillo is a city in Ventura County in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 65,201, an increase of 8,117 from the 57,084 counted in the 2000 Census. Camarillo is named for brothers Juan and Adolfo Camarillo, prominent Californios who owned Rancho Calleguas and founded the city. The city is home to California State University, Channel Islands, housed on the former grounds of the Camarillo State Hospital.   read more…

Palos Verdes Estates in California

11 October 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area Reading Time:  13 minutes

Malaga Cove © Cardinalngold

Malaga Cove © Cardinalngold

Palos Verdes Estates (Palos Verdes, Spanish for “Green Sticks”) is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The city was master-planned by the noted American landscape architect and planner Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. The city is located along the Southern California coastline of the Pacific Ocean. The population was 13,347 at the 2020 census, a slight decrease from its 2010 population of 13,438. Palos Verdes Estates is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States. The 90274 ZIP code (covering the cities of Palos Verdes Estates and Rolling Hills) was ranked the 47th most expensive housing area among high property value U.S. ZIP codes in a 2007 study by Forbes.com.Palos Verdes is also known for its high-performing schools; its high school has been regularly ranked among the top 50 nationally by various publications.   read more…

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles

1 October 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area, House of the Month, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  12 minutes

The May Company Building, now the Saban Building © Downtowngal/cc-by-sa-4.0

The May Company Building, now the Saban Building © Downtowngal/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is a museum in Los Angeles, California constructed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which is devoted to the history, science, and cultural impact of the film industry. It is the first large-scale museum of its kind in the United States. The museum is located in the historic May Company Building on the intersection Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, part of Museum Row on the Miracle Mile. Originally expected to open in 2020, its completion and opening was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum eventually opened to selected celebrity guests on September 25, 2021, and to the general public on September 30. On Thursday, July 14, the museum voluntarily recognized Academy Museum Workers United as the bargaining representative for 160 of its employees.   read more…

Tarzana in Los Angeles

16 September 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area Reading Time:  6 minutes

Mulholland Park Gate © Busition/cc-by-sa-4.0

Mulholland Park Gate © Busition/cc-by-sa-4.0

Tarzana is a suburban neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. Tarzana is on the site of a former ranch owned by author Edgar Rice Burroughs. It is named after Burroughs’ fictional jungle hero, Tarzan. Tarzana, which measures 8.79 square miles (22.8 km²), is bounded on the south by Topanga State Park, on the east by Encino, on the north by Reseda and on the west by Woodland Hills. Victory Boulevard marks the northern edge of the neighborhood, Lindley Avenue the eastern, Corbin Avenue, with a jog to Oakdale Avenue, the western, and Topanga State Park the southern.   read more…

Arcadia in California, the Chinese Beverly Hills

14 September 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area Reading Time:  7 minutes

Santa Anita Park © flickr.com - Rennett Stowe/cc-by-2.0

Santa Anita Park © flickr.com – Rennett Stowe/cc-by-2.0

Arcadia is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, located about 13 miles (21 km) northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley and at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. It contains a series of adjacent parks consisting of the Santa Anita Park racetrack, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, and Arcadia County Park. The city had a population of 56,364 at the 2010 census, up from 53,248 at the 2000 census. The city is named after Arcadia, Greece. Due to the settlement of numerous, wealthy Chinese who live in spacious properties in Arcadia, it is now also referred to as the “Chinese Beverly Hills“.   read more…

Venice Beach in California

2 September 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area Reading Time:  5 minutes

Sunrise at Venice Beach Pier © flickr.com - Jeff Turner/cc-by-2.0

Sunrise at Venice Beach Pier © flickr.com – Jeff Turner/cc-by-2.0

Venice Beach is part of Venice, a neighborhood of the city of Los Angeles within the Westside region of Los Angeles County, California.   read more…

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